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A Guide To NYC’s 10 National Parks

Of the 22 national parks in New York State, 10 are in New York City. Every year 12 million people visit these parks, monuments, and historic sites, more than 27,000 acres of protected land and preserved past. Here’s a look at them.

07/11/2013

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6 Places To Find The Revolutionary War In NYC

History buffs, listen up. We know Philadelphia and Boston often hog the historical spotlight when it comes to the Revolutionary War, but New York City has its share of significant sites. Honor the fallen and contemplate democracy by paying a visit to one of them.

07/02/2013

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NYC’s 7 Best Parks With Fountains

Summertime in city parks are even better with the cool sprinkle of water on your skin. Here are some of the city’s prettiest parks with a little extra chill.

CBS New York–06/26/2013

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NYC’s 11 Best Picnic Spots

Manhattan is home to the big one – Central Park – and some other little-known gems. We’ve narrowed down the 11 best spaces for picnic lunches, dinners and dates across the 5 boroughs.

CBS New York–05/23/2013

Coney Island polar plunge, Jan. 23, 2013 (credit: Coney Island Polar Bear Club)

NYC’s 5 Best Winter Sports

This weekend New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation sponsors its annual Winter Jam, including live entertainment, snowshoeing, and animal tracking demos. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to Central Park – there’s plenty of winter fun to be had in the five boroughs all season long.

01/24/2013

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Central, Prospect Parks Largely Reopened; Many Parks Still Closed

Central Park was back open Saturday – five days after Superstorm Sandy struck the area – but many major city parks remained closed.

11/03/2012

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Midtown Manhattan’s 5 Best Pocket Parks

When you work within the skyscrapers of Midtown, or simply spend enough time walking in their shadows, you become grateful for the peace and greenery provided by these tiny parks.

09/25/2012

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NYC’s 6 Best Stargazing Spots

Even in a big city with bright lights, there are still great places to see the stars.

CBS New York–06/05/2012

A sign indicating the smoking ban in Battery Park - New York, NY - May 23, 2011 (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City Says Park Smoking Ban Is Working

“Smoking in parks is now down two-thirds and we now have less litter at our beaches and playgrounds,” Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley told.

05/27/2012

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New York’s Top 7 Activities For Going ‘Green’

New York City might be a concrete jungle, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of opportunities to give back and go green. Here are seven organizations and activities to help the environment and encourage sustainable practices.

CBS New York–04/20/2012

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New Jersey’s 5 Best Parks

New Jersey has fresh and inviting outdoor areas to partake in activities like hiking or kayaking on one of the many lakes or rivers or simply to relax and enjoy the scenery.

CBS New York–04/18/2012

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The 6 Best Places To Sunbathe In New York City

Make sure you pack the sunscreen. Here are the best places to soak up the sun in the five boroughs this summer.

CBS New York–04/01/2012

It's Free

Free NYC: New York City for Free

There’s plenty to do in the city that never sleeps for both the insomniac and broke young professional.

09/06/2011

Ringwood State Park - Ringwood, NJ (file / credit: New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry)

Gas Prices, Economy May Be Driving Spike In NJ Park Attendance

The state Environmental Protection Department says visits have tripled since 1980, to a record 18.8 million people in fiscal 2010. It’s up 2 million since 2007.

08/16/2011

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NYC Gardens And Zoos Guide

CBSNewYork shares its picks for the best gardens and zoos in the NYC area – with free admission during the week.

CBS New York–06/03/2011

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